BOOSTER SHOT PLANNING IN SANTA CLARA COUNTY
Who: Santa Clara County hospitals
What: Following federal announcements and media in August about booster shots becoming available in September, hospitals in Santa Clara County were invited to join the Sept. 14 Board of Supervisors meeting and report on their plans for dissemination. The Hospital Council is developing a memo on behalf of the hospitals and will make the presentation at the Sept. 14 meeting, noting that all hospitals are awaiting plans and pending guidance from the federal and state governments on eligibility and timing between the second and third doses.
Takeaway/Next Steps: None
Contact: RVP Jo Coffaro at email@example.com.
SAN MATEO COUNTY STAFFING CHALLENGES
Who: San Mateo County hospital CEOs
What: At an Aug. 30 meeting, San Mateo County hospital CEOs discussed workforce challenges related to morale, burnout, staff vaccination rates, and staffing shortages. In addition to pandemic-related challenges, there were discussions about long-term workforce development strategies such as inclusion of student opportunities, new graduate strategies, and the challenges and benefits associated with long-term use of travelling nurses.
Takeaway/Next Steps: None
Contact: RVP Jo Coffaro at firstname.lastname@example.org
COASTAL NORTHERN CALIFORNIA COUNTIES HIT HARD BY COVID-19 SURGE
Who: Del Norte, Humboldt, and Mendocino counties
What: With a 37% vaccination rate among eligible individuals, Del Norte County’s sole hospital, Sutter Coast, has been combatting an intense surge of COVID-19-postitive patients for nearly a month. Sutter Coast CEO Mitchell Hanna is grateful for state assistance in setting up vaccination/testing clinics and securing staff.
Amid record-setting hospitalizations in Humboldt County, Redwood Memorial and St. Joseph’s of Eureka are experiencing severe staffing shortages. Both have now received team nursing waivers.
Adventist Health announced the postponement of all non-emergent elective surgeries at its facilities in Mendocino County to better manage the surge of COVID-19 patients. Mendocino County Public Health Officer Andy Coren, MD, estimates this volume of COVID-19-postive patients could last for up to two more months without a significant increase in vaccinations.
- Get vaccinated. Spread the word.
- Advocate everywhere possible for relief for hospitals and health care providers whose limits are being tested yet again by a surge of critically ill COVID-19-positive community members.
Contact: RVP Meghan Hardin at email@example.com
MENTAL AND BEHAVIORAL HEALTH
- Hospital Council
- Fresno, Madera, Tulare, and Kings behavioral health
- Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers
What: On Aug. 27, Hospital Council convened the Fresno-Madera, Tulare-Kings 5150 Workgroup. This collaborative of all hospitals, county representatives, law enforcement, and EMS meets to share best practices and coordinate activities.
Takeaway/Next Steps: This group has become an integral part of the behavioral health care system in the Central Valley. The group is beginning coordination with a Sacramento-based facility to bring its best practices to this part of the valley in 2022.
Contact: RVP David Bacci at firstname.lastname@example.org